Little '50s Dress 18" Doll Clothes

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The sweet style of this little dress is reminiscent of the 1950s.  Little girls in Bobbie socks and women in nylons wore dresses just like these, with their wide skirts and fitted waistlines.  For a more casual look, the dresses had plain sleeves and pointed collars, and as formal wear they were sleeveless and collarless.   

The Flossie Potter "Little '50s Dress" PDF sewing pattern shows you how to copy the cover designs, but there's no limit to what your own imagination can do!  Sew it up for collectors and little girls, alike! 

The pattern has 23 pages of detailed step-by-step instructions with full-color photos, 8 pages of printable summary instructions (to save on printer ink!), and 4 pages of full-sized pattern pieces. 

There is even a BONUS pattern for the darling lace gloves!

Supplies Needed:   
-1/2 yd of 44" wide cotton or other light-weight fabric
-Optional contrast remnant for overlay
-Optional lace remnant for overlay (one which has a decorative lower edge)
-Single-fold bias tape
-6 inches hook-and-loop tape
-Optional trim such as rick-rack, lace, braid
-Optional 1 yd of 1" wide grosgrain ribbon (for a sash)
-(minimum) 10" x 12" piece of lace (small print)
-⅛" wide ribbon
-Manila envelope
-Cellophane tape
-Fray-stopping liquid
-Sewing machine with zig-zag stitch and decorative stitches (optional)
-Serger (helpful)
-Point turner
-Small, sharp scissors
-Needle for hand sewing

Skill Level:  Easy Plus

What You Get: One 39 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Trudy S.
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Beautiful, simple patteen

This pattern is a great combination of simple construction and cute details that make it look adorable and give it an authentic 1950s silhouette. The trim options are open ended, and my 9 year old had fun picking fabric and planning the design. The construction was simple enough that we were able to make a lot of it together. The skirt is full enough that it can be worn with Maryellen's crinoline, although I would recommend adding 1/4 to 1/2 inches length to the skirt if your doll will be wearing it with the crinoline. We are looking forward trying the sleeveless version.

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Marsha H.
United States

Good pattern

I like the pattern. The instructions were easy to understand and the dress fit very well!

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Mark R.

Easy to put together.

Easy to put together.


50's Dresses

I made both of these dresses and they are really beautiful and easy to make. The fit is perfect and for me I learned a new way to make sleeves. The directions are very clear and easy to follow.